Solo Exhibition at La Huipilista Artspace, San Miguel de Allende. December 2021.
In this exhibition, I honor women and the sacred feminine in my paintings, monoprints and drawings. These figurative works radiate independence, as they acknowledge the arbitrary barriers and obstacles that women encounter in their lives. In this visionary world, women hold a shared wisdom as divine creators and through ritual, reclaim ancient rites of passage. Disparaged figures from the Bible like Lilith and Mary Magdalene take their power back while the Celtic-based goddess imagery of Maiden, Mother, Crone comes alive in a mural sized charcoal drawing. Calling on the mystery of the moon to use their magic, they commune with birds and snakes and such – symbols of the ancient goddesses.
In my early work as an artist, I portrayed the female figure from a feminist perspective – in all her strength and sensuality. However, in graduate school, the female nude was seen as objectifying women and became off-limits as subject matter. At that point, my work shifted to a symbolic approach as I began discovering early Matriarchal cultures where priestesses ruled. I began taking pilgrimages to sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Knossos in Crete, studying artifacts and symbols. My symbolic abstraction of the divine feminine can be seen in my books,Art & Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place, and Symbols of the Spirit: A Meditative Journey Through Art.
The return to the figure in my art began while working at an artist residency in Morocco a couple of years ago. Now combining both the figure and symbols on paper and canvas, my visual vocabulary tells a story of women in their power.
s. m. said:
stunning work, as usual dear Glen….. best to you during these strange times.. sandra mac diarmid
Thanks so much, Sandra! Yes, art will get us through the pandemic! Happy Holidays